How to Clean Out a Dishwasher Pump

Kitchen dishwashers are supposed to make life easier for homeowners, but they can be a pain to deal with when they develop mechanical problems. If your dishwasher isn’t draining and standing water is accumulating, the dishwasher pump may need to be unclogged. This isn’t a major repair that most people can handle with a little time, knowledge, and the right tools.


Dishwasher Unclogging Products

If you notice standing water at the bottom of your dishwasher, you’ll need to act quickly to get your appliance back up and running. If your Bosch dishwasher isn’t draining, for example, the problem is likely due to a clogged dishwasher pump, which can be unclogged with common household items depending on the severity of the clog.


According to Home Depot, a mixture of equal parts baking soda and vinegar poured into your dishwasher’s basket and run for 15 minutes, followed by a hot water rinse, may loosen clogs. If you require a more powerful solution, look for products designed to clean dishwashers while allowing the machine to operate normally.


Drano, or any other drain cleaner, is one product that should not be used to unclog your dishwasher pump. While these cleaning products are well-known for flushing clogged-up gunk through your pipes, the corrosive ingredients in the formula can severely damage your dishwasher’s pump and seals, exacerbating the problem.


How to Clean a Pump

More severe clogs may necessitate manually cleaning your pump to get things moving again. Keeping your dishwasher pump clean will help prevent clogs and is simple to do whether or not it is currently backed up.


Step 1: Remove and Clean the Filter

Remove the filter and give it a good rinsing with soapy water. Remove stubborn debris with a soft brush if necessary.

Step 2: Remove the Pump Cover

Remove the pump cover to gain access to the pump, which should be right beneath the filter you just removed.


Step 3: Clean the Pump

Rinse the pump clean with water and a clean sponge, being careful to remove any large pieces of food.


Additional Reasons for Standing Water

The dishwasher pump isn’t always the cause of a clogged dishwasher or a dishwasher that won’t drain water. A clogged dishwasher filter, which is usually found at the bottom of your dishwasher’s tub, is a common problem. The filter may be clogged with too much food residue or large food pieces, and it should be cleaned by removing and rinsing away any debris.


Additionally, the drain hose connected to the pump may be clogged, which can be cleared by detaching it from the pump and blowing through it after the dishwasher has been turned off.


Finally, the drain valve, which is found on only some dishwashers, may require repair. This valve keeps water out of the dishwasher tub, but if the electrical solenoid burns out, it can cause the valve to freeze up and stop working. If your dishwasher outputs water through your garbage disposal, make sure it isn’t clogged with food scraps, which can cause a dishwasher to back up in some cases.


If you feel overwhelmed and need emergency appliance repair, give us a call.


Smart Living Home Repair Services

244 Madison Avenue , #1019

New York, NY 10016

(888) 758-9103

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